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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gait mean? 

GAIT (noun)
  The noun GAIT has 3 senses:

1. the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
2. a horse's manner of moving
3. a person's manner of walking

  Familiarity information: GAIT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

GAIT (noun)

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The rate of moving (especially walking or running)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations


gait; pace

Hypernyms ("gait" is a kind of...):

rate (a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gait"):

quick time (a normal marching pace of 120 steps per minute)

double time (a fast marching pace (180 steps/min) or slow jog)

beats per minute; bpm; M.M.; metronome marking (the pace of music measured by the number of beats occurring in 60 seconds)

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A horse's manner of moving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("gait" is a kind of...):

locomotion; travel (self-propelled movement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gait"):

gallop (a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously)

canter; lope (a smooth three-beat gait; between a trot and a gallop)

trot (a gait faster than a walk; diagonally opposite legs strike the ground together)

jog trot (an easy gait of a horse; midway between a walk and a trot)

rack; single-foot (a rapid gait of a horse in which each foot strikes the ground separately)

walk (a slow gait of a horse in which two feet are always on the ground)

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A person's manner of walking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("gait" is a kind of...):

walk; walking (the act of traveling by foot)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gait"):

hitch; hobble; limp (the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg)

waddle (walking with short steps and the weight tilting from one foot to the other)

prance; strut; swagger (a proud stiff pompous gait)

angry walk; stalk (a stiff or threatening gait)

skip (a gait in which steps and hops alternate)

saunter (a careless leisurely gait)

roll (walking with a swaying gait)

pacing (walking with slow regular strides)

lurch; stagger; stumble (an unsteady uneven gait)

flounce (the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions)

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